Vancouver songwriter Dustin Bentall and his band premiered the debut video from their six song EP Orion today on CBC Music. Directed by Carolyne Stossel and produced by Carolyne Stossel and Mark Maryanovich, it features Smøkes member Kendel Carson as a mermaid.
“I have always wanted to make a mermaid video, so I was extremely excited when Dustin and Kendel were into going along with my crazy, big idea. It really was a dream come true for me. We got to meet “The Tailman” (aka Thom Shouse), the same mermaid enthusiast who made the tail for Darryl Hannah in “Splash’ and many other productions. He was an extreme trip and warned Kendel of possibly having a “mergasm” once she put the tail on. I’m not sure if that happened, but Kendel remains my hero for swimming around with a 40 pound mermaid tail in the ocean and & it was so great to work with Dustin again, on another amazing song. He’s a rock star!!” Carolyne Stossel.
“Remember in “The Usual Suspects” when Stephen Baldwin, Benicio Del Toro and Kevin Pollak bury a body in a little cove under the moonlight? Ya? Well, that’s where we shot the scenes where the waves splash and crash over me! And remember in “Point Break” when Patrick Swayze and Keanu Reeves sit down and eat at Neptune’s Net? That’s where we ate lunch that day! It was the full on LA/Malibu experience. We rat raced with James Marsden (us in a mini van, him in a smokin’ hot ’68 Camaro SS. Him minding his own business, us … mmm? Almost stalking him.) all the way from Santa Monica to Malibu. Then he lost us but actually ended up back at Neptune’s Net and we had lunch together. At different tables but…” Dustin Bentall
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As Dustin Bentall & The Smøkesget ready to head out on the road for dates with Lindi Ortega, they continue to prepare for an upcoming 2013 release. Orion came out in October on Aporia Records and all tour dates are listed below.
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The Vancouver-born son of Canadian roots rocker Barney Bentall, Dustin Bentall was raised on the music of Neil Young, The Band, Bob Dylan, Tom T. Hall, The Beatles and Steve Earle. On his third release, Orion, Dustin kept what he loved from that music, scratched a new itch to expand and evolved his sound by assembling Ryan Dahle (Limblifter, Age Of Electric) as producer and three soon-to-be-stumbled-upon bi-coastal players by the names of Kendel Carson, Del Cowsill and Rich Knox that were also in search of a gang. This became a sound that can only be attributed to Dustin Bentall & The Smøkes.
Having already toured extensively alongside John Prine, JJ Cale, The Arkells and Spirit Of The West, to name a few, they now prepare to hit the road with Lindi Ortega in in early 2013.
Dustin Bentall & The Smøkes & Lindi Ortega Tour Dates
January 23 – Waterloo, ON @ Maxwell’s Music House
January 24 – Toronto, ON @ The Rivoli
January 25 – Kingston, ON @ The Grad Club
January 26 – Burnstown, ON @ Neat Café
January 27 – Wakefield, QC (Matinee show) @ The Blacksheep Inn
January 29 – Montreal, QC @ Divan Orange
January 30 – Boston, MA @ The Red Room @ Cafe 939 (Berklee College)
January 31 – New York, NY @ Joe’s Pub
February 01 – Philadelphia, PA @ Tin Angel
February 02 – Vienna, VA @ Jammin’ Java Music Club & Cafe
February 05 – Charlotte, NC @ The Evening Muse
February 06 – Decatur, GA @ Eddie’s Attic
February 07 – Nashville, TN @ The High Watt
February 08 – Cleveland, OH @ Beachland Tavern
February 10 – Chicago, IL @ Schubas Tavern
February 12 – Minneapolis, MN @ 7th Street Entry
February 14 – Winnipeg, MB @ The Park Theatre
February 15 – Regina, SK @ The Exchange
February 16 – Calgary, AB @ The Palomino
February 17 – Edmonton, AB @ Avenue Theatre
February 18 – Jasper, AB @ Legion
February 20 – Nelson, BC @ Live at the Royal
February 22 – Vancouver, BC @ The Biltmore
February 23 – Victoria, BC @ Sugar Nightclub